Lewton-Rich Neighborhood Association Minutes
September 15, 2011
i. Two other railroad crossings in the city were fixed, with the cooperation of county and city.
i. S.T.E.M. = “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics”
ii. More students than anticipated attend. Board capped, and there is a waiting list.
iii. The Assistant Principle advocated K-8 and has now moved to Sexton High School.
1. New Process of dropping off kids, “horses” close off Hampden for pickup and drop-off. There are two times for getting out of school. Middle vs. K. So road is closed off longer.
2. Crossing guards (police fill) to place and remove “horses”.
iv. The Insight program is still hosted at S.T.E.M. Academy.
v. This is the first middle school building in Lansing converted to K-8. So there were quite a lot of renovations to make it accessible for younger students.
vi. Mr. Dwight Rich was the Chairman of the Draft Board during the War. Due to grant rules the name of the building was required to be changed to the S.T.E.M. Academy.
vii. Dress code in place now and kids seem happy.
i. 7c; openings with Board and Commissions.
ii. 8.a.vii, Committee of the Whole.
iii. 8.a.i Millage
iv. 8b3 Council
b. Motion made accepted to make those changes
6. Treasurers Report
i. We got more donations than usual
ii. Dr. Graesser donated $50
iii. City of Lansing donated $50
iv. A neighbor donated $100
b. Several other small donations. Results total currently $354.02
i. If grass is over 8 inches a letter is issued. If it is not resolved it is sent to Public Service, which has not been done promptly. It takes 2-3 weeks to resolve.
i. Monitor if there is actual activity with the container.
ii. Vehicle parking on the lawn.
i. Compliant is forwarded to Animal Control, and the address is checked for shots and licensing.
i. They are using the school and play grounds.
ii. You can be ticketed for no leash, anywhere else other than a fenced lot.
1. Owners have been seen stopping cars at parks and letting dogs loose.
i. The Animal Control persons followed up very well to monitor a recent few instances last winter.
i. CityofLansing.com/city hall on left column will have code compliance, and allows you to see if the house has been a registered rental property, along with other issues such as tagging.
ii. Foreclosed issues. Any Foreclosed property would have to have a registered agent, to help the city work on sites.
1. The neighborhood may want to have a position on this ordnance.
iii. Banks are placing a $ on a property. And then spend up to that limit and stop. They do not continue to maintain the property past $.
iv. Planning and Neighborhood Development, indicated they were stopping “contracting out” the mowing and trimming. Rather it would go to Public Service Dept. Public Service Dept. underestimated the work load. So it went back to “contracting out”.
1. The state is requiring code compliance adopt specific international codes.
2. There are approximately 350 trash and mowing complaints a week.
3. Timeline from citation to actual work is 30 days.
4. Council will be talking with Planning and Development about this
v. At Foster Community Center there will be a meeting about naturalization of the parks. (not mowing)
1. Real naturalization has a process which is not being done.
vi. Public Safety, International Property Management Code, There are some codes that are required to adopt line by line. This will standardize premise code for rentals between cities. There many items that are not in the internal code.
1. The goal is to make changes, but not lose the hard work of others and code compliance.
2. Neighborhood groups need to look at this.
vii. Public safety meetings have changed to Wed at 4pm. There are some meetings in the evening for others.
i. Court out of Isabel County. It is against the law to ask for cash in trade of marijuana. Guidance was sent to all dispensaries; permits are stopped and they should stop practice until there is a different court ruling.
ii. This still allows care giver to grow and work with patients one on one.
iii. City of Lansing has 48 dispensaries versus 27 licensed pharmacies.
iv. We heard that other county people were coming to Lansing.
v. Recommendations for marijuana prescriptions are being written by doctors on line, with web cams.
1. There is a doctor in Colorado that appears to be writing most scripts.
i. 12 year charter revision/consideration is required.
ii. There is a millage vote coming up.
iii. Attempting to educate public about the upcoming ballots, and the specific wording about Police and Fire.
1. There are phone and walking banks set up at the AFL building in downtown Lansing.
iv. Feel free to call about code complaints.
i. Was present but had to leave.
i. Is a web service to report problems, which is being monitored by Lansing officials.
i. Dispatch said they won’t take these kinds of calls.
ii. If this occurs, then ask for a supervisor, in case they are casing the residence for occupancy.
iii. You are not required to provide name to dispatch; you can be anonymous.
iv. If otherwise then reference Councilwoman Wood.
Michael P. Flaga, Secretary